Archive for September, 2014

New York Trip tid bit


On 9-9 a meeting was held for those interested in the trip to New York for spring break. Not everything is set in stone but plans are being made. The Art Students will be traveling with the Theatre Students, the contact for Art is Chris Ireland.  The trip is set for March 11-15 of 2015. The cost is planned to stay between $1,000-$1,200 per person (plus extra$ for museum trips, food etc)!!!! This seems to be super reasonable for a great experience!!! A deposit is due by October 15 of $350. This is to lock in the plane tickets. Once everyone that would like to go turns in the deposit a better idea on the number of attendees will be determined so a hotel will be easier to set up. After Oct. 15 another meeting will be held to determine who is going and who may be bunking with who.

There was a pretty good turn out for the meeting but be sure and contact Ireland ( to be included on the e-mail list. Join us for this trip it is sure to be an amazing time!!!!

Job Opportunity with Student Publications

Student Publications is hiring for the position of Video Assistant!

Apply online at:​


No experience is required!

Job Description:

•Directing/Producing Videos for Student Publications

•Editing of raw video footage


•Script Writing/Storyboarding

•Filming of life events



It is good to know editing programs: Premiere Pro, After Effects, Encore, and iMovie. (it is not required to know them)

New York City Informational meeting 9/9 at 4pm


We will be having an info meeting concerning the field trip to New York City this spring break in 2015. It will be this Tuesday 9/9, at 4pm, in the workshop theater. If you wanna know more about what the cost is, what you need to sign up, and what we will be doing, then come down to the meeting. If you can’t make it to the meeting, contact Mr. Ireland ( to get in on the info.

The Great Discontent

The Great Discontent

As an artist (or an individual finding their place as an artist) it is helpful to hear about other artists’ journeys. I myself have a creepish need to read about other artists. This may be because I am looking for a piece of me in their story that will then allow me to believe that I am on the right track. So one of the places I get my artist inspiration fix is The Great Discontent. The website was created by a couple based in New York. They interview different artists around the US (and some outside). They are not specific on the type of artist really just someone that is inspirational and doing some great things to contribute to the art world today. They recently printed their first magazine which includes some extra interview questions from previous interviewed artists and some new ones. They also have some other cool things for sale here.

Something that I really enjoy about their interviews is that it seems as if they are just sitting down with a friend and seeing how they are doing. This is a great skill to have! They are able to capture the reader’s interest. One of the most interesting details about The Great Discontent is how they received their name… by thriving in the thought of not ever being content (some paraphrasing there, but a great concept). The last thing that really captures me personally is their risk taking abilities. They recently quit their jobs to pursue this project full time which is very respectable. I also believe that each interview must involve some sort of risk….catching the right artist, making the best connection and then producing a great read for their audience…..Let’s just say I like risky business and absolutely enjoy seeing others succeed in their risks.

A few of my favorite interviews include:

Sara Blake

Merlin Mann

Elle Luna

Helena Price

Debbie Millman

Paul Octavious

That is just a few….check them out and find some of your favorites!!!!!!

Show Opportunity!

The following is an opportunity that ends next week, this is a gallery in Dallas. You can submit up to three works, each costing 10$. This can be a great opportunity to get your work out Check out the info bellow and then find more info here!  Also, there is more info on 500X Gallery here!


500X Gallery

500X EXPO 2014

The 500X EXPO is a juried exhibition open to any artist within Texas.

Artists may enter up to 3 images/videos (including details) for a total submission fee of $30.

Submission deadline: September 15, 2014

This year’s juror is Alison Hearst, the Assistant Curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. She was the assistant curator of the exhibition México Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990 and conducted an interview with Melanie Smith for the catalogue. Hearst also contributed an essay about abstraction in the 1980s to the catalogue for the upcoming exhibition at the Modern, Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s. She recently organized a solo project at the Modern with artist Fred Tomaselli and is working on upcoming projects with Jules de Balincourt and Mario García Torres. Hearst has a bachelor of fine arts degree in art history from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in art history from Texas Christian University.

Delivery of work is the responsibility of the artist and must be delivered on the designated dates, unless special arrangements are made. Work can be delivered on September 27th or 28th between 2 PM and 5 PM. You will be notified by email or phone if your work is selected.Please do not try to contact anyone if you do not receive any notice.

The opening will be October 4, from 7 – 10 PM

The show runs from October 4 -26

Mandatory Meeting Overview!

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So we all got together last Wednesday 8/27 at 4:00pm for a ‘mandatory meeting’ for the art students……it was not nearly as frightening as it sounds… for those that were unable to attend here is some info for you. Dr. Davidian (our department head) introduced herself and all of our Art Professors:

Timothy Harding (
Megan Ehrhart (
Knut Hydenieght (
Mr. Davis (
Chris Ireland (

Other helpful names:
Sally Simpson- Lady in the front office that keeps the department going! (and she unlocks the mac lab in the mornings if you ask her nicely) Always have a smile on your face when you see her and tell her good morning!(

Lori Larue- Helpful lady that is responsible for the building. Your main contact if you need to be in the building after it closes. So find her, introduce yourself to her and she will help you with all your needs in the Fine Arts Building!(

Jennifer Ryan- she is a student worker that helps with many things but one main thing is setting up the gallery! And she usually knows the up and up (or can tell you who to ask) on the goings on with fun stuff in the Art Department.

Brandie Smith- this one is me! I am the one putting some words on this blog and acting as another set of hands around the department.

Chris Ireland put together a lovely Handbook for the semester that includes what exhibits will be showing in the gallery, contact information and other important tips for students. Shoot him an e-mail and he will send you a copy.
We discussed a few things in the meeting. One thing that caught my attention was the word TRIP! That’s right, there are some cool trips that we need to start planning for. The first one coming up is set up for spring break to New York! Ireland and Knut are having a meeting on September 9, 2014 at 4:00pm to discuss their plans. So if you are interested in going COME TO THE MEETING! Another trip that is in the works involves Knut and Korea this next summer! Stop by Knut’s office for more info on that and check the blog and Facebook for updates concerning these trips.

Another topic that was brought up was TAS. TAS == Tarleton Art Society. TAS is a group of art students that try to get together and do fun things….and of course eat. The first meeting for this semester is set for September 9, 2012 at 12:10pm in room 162(there will be pizza). Come check out the first meeting because we need interested people to be active. TAS also started a YouTube channel and we are on Facebook look up Tarleton Art Society. So check us out and help make us better!

Dr. Davidian mentioned the Ultra Club. This is a booster club that we use to help drop cash for little adventures to museums and other places. So she brought up the idea that we can donate (to become members) individually or we can all pitch in a dollar or two and donate as a group with TAS. We should discuss this in the first meeting!
So, in the end we got some good info in the meeting and are excited for this semester!
Some more info:



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Saturday 7:00am – 11:00pm

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Fall 2014

Exhibit 1: 8/25 – 9/27 From the Faraway Nearby, a group exhibition of photographic artists who

explore representations of the landscape of North Texas.

Exhibit 2: 9/30 – 10/30 Aleks Slota, multimedia artist

Exhibit 3: 11/3-12/8 Student/Senior Exhibitions